Denise Paster, an Associate Professor of English in Composition and Rhetoric, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2010), an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2001), and a B.A. from Bridgewater State College (1999).
Dr. Paster's scholarly interests include writing program administration, reflective and inquiry-based pedagogies, teaching writing with emerging technologies, and qualitative research methods.
Her current research is grounded in the possibilities presented by digital distribution and composition's focus on the public turn and questions what a move to publish means for student writers. She is currently working on a manuscript titled "Practices of Value: A Materialist View of Going Public with Student Writing."
Dr. Paster has taught courses in composition and rhetoric, developmental writing, advanced composition and rhetoric, and graduate seminars in composition theory and teaching with technology at Coastal Carolina University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, where she also served as the Coordinator of Writing.
Her publications include "Reading Multiple Literacies: An Exploration of Language, Identity, and Power," "Beyond Grammar: Building Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom," and the Instructor's Manual to accompany "Exploring Literacy."